NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Georgia was only a few plays from meeting up with Notre Dame in the BCS Championship game. Instead, they find themselves pitched against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Read on to see which 2013 NFL Draft prospects are potential Patriots.
Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia (#2 Outside Linebacker)
Jones is labeled as a top five prospect by many draft pundits, myself included at the start of the year, but some red flags have cropped up that made me drop him down the board.
First off is the medical concern. Spinal stenosis is no laughing matter. Medicals at the combine are going to be huge for Jones – just ask Chris Polk and Da’Quan Bowers how much those can knock you down come draft day.
Secondly, Jones hasn’t improved in his ability to get off blocks from bigger, more talented linemen. He got picked on in the run game at multiple points this year, which is not something I want out of that high of a pick.
Pass rush is certainly an important facet of today’s NFL game, and Jones does not disappoint there. Guys like Aldon Smith and Bruce Irvin can get picked high in the first round having similar issues – watch the last two weeks as the 49ers opponents have repeatedly run at Aldon Smith with Justin Smith out – but neither were a top five selection.
If Jones slips into the teens, I can see a lot of teams that passed him on medicals start maneuvering to try and draft him.
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia (#5 Defensive Tackle)
Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia (#5 Defensive Tackle)
Geathers and Jenkins are two massive individuals that move like they are 50-60 pounds lighter than they are. Unfortunately, we won’t see Jenkins in the Capital One bowl due to academic issues, but Geathers should see plenty of time.
Kyle Love and especially Brandon Deaderick as of late have held their own next to Vince Wilfork, but adding some additional talent and depth at the position is certainly an area that the Patriots might target.
Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia (#14 Outside Linebacker)
Washington plays as a 3-4 OLB, but I think he could also be a standout pass rusher from the LDE position in the NFL – think Rob Ninkovich. He could be a steal when a team takes an early day three flier on him.
Daimion Stafford, FS, Nebraska
Stafford has some athleticism and size, but he just hasn’t shown me a lot of football skills that will translate to the NFL. He takes poor angles, doesn’t tackle all that well and has trouble sticking with receivers down the field. I have him as an undrafted free agent.
Other Prospects to Watch
Baccari Rambo, FS, Georgia
Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
Taylor Martinez, ATH, Nebraska
Ben Cotton, TE, Nebraska
Baker Steinkuhler, DL, Nebraska
Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
Will Compton, ILB, Nebraska